Monday 26th January 2015, it was announced by the Mayor of Port Pirie John Rohde that The Huey Opening Ceremonywas judged as the event of the year for Port Pirie. President of the RSL thanked the Australia Day Committee for choosingThe Huey Opening Day as event of the year 2014. He said that as with all awards such as this required input from many people and he was pleased to accept the award on behalf of those hard workers from the RSL that got behind the project and made it such a success. Many local people and businesses also believed in our project and supported it. The Museum has been surprised bythe support it has received from people from all over Australia. We have gone from having 20 visitors per week to up to 800 per month. The remarks from people have overwhelmingly positive. Some visitors from outside of Pirie have come backagain and again. A lot of visitors have come on the recommendation of fellow travellers that they have meet on there travels. We have had many Vietnam Veterans visitors, some have cried, some have spent an hour or more sitting in Huey. We are pleased that we can provide the opportunity for veterans to use the Huey in their healing process.I am often told by Port Pirieans that “I must come and see the Huey”. Its in your Town, Its open seven days a week. It is being visited by many people that travel miles to see it. Come and have a look. Your kids/grandkids will love it.
John RohdeMayor Port Pirie Regional Council
On behalf of the Australia Day Awards Selection Committee, I am delighted to advise that the Huey Open Day has been selected as Port Pirie’s AustraliaDay Community Event of the Year.In deliberating over the nominees for this prestigious award, it was noted that the opening of the Huey Museum was a significant event not only for the City of Port Pirie but also for the State of South Australia.It was also noted that the Open Day included high ranking representation fromall three services, Army, RAAF and Navy with special guest being Honorary Member of 9RAR, John Schumann who gave an emotional rendition of “I was only Nineteen”With a crowd of approximately 2000 attending the day, certainly highlighted the importance of the event and the genuine interest shown by the community of Port Pirie.The Huey Museum Open Day is certainly a very worthy winner of PortPirie’a hightest award for our community events.